HAPPENING THIS WEEK: Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Summit Hosted in Paris, France


Executive Director Seamus Kraft & Head of Product Aaron Ogle to Participate in Panel Discussion, Collaboration on Madison

PARIS, FRANCE (December 8th, 2016)– Commencing on December 7th, Open Government leaders from 70 countries will gather in Paris, France to demonstrate and discuss their experiences over the past year as part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Initiative. The Partnership was founded in 2011 as part of a United Nations initiative to promote transparency and strengthen technology in order to advance governments internationally. The eight founding governments have grown to 70 in 2016.

Executive Director Seamus Kraft will participate in two discussions during the Summit, the first titled: “Liberty, Equality, Data: How to Build Participatory Communities that Deliver.” WSJ Social Media Editor Natalie Andrews will moderate the panel set to discuss barriers to open government participation, and steps to create and maintain productive partnerships and communities. The second discussion, “Remix to Reform,” will be lead by Stephen Larrick of the Sunlight Foundation and will highlight several open resources, including The OpenGov Foundation’s America Decoded/State Decoded project.

Head of Product Aaron Ogle will participate in the OGP Toolbox Hackathon during the Summit to discuss how to improve The OpenGov Foundation’s Madison Project. Ogle has a few specific goals in mind to discuss with other developers to explore releasing a version for the French Administration.

If you’re an early riser watch Executive Director Kraft on Friday, December 9th from 4:45 AM EST-6:05 AM EST and 8:00 AM EST-9:20 AM EST and explore other discussions taking place (all will be available by live stream).

WHAT: Open Government Partnership 2016 Summit

WHO: Executive Director Seamus Kraft, Head of Product Aaron Ogle & International Open Government Leaders

WHEN: December 7th-9th, 2016

WHERE: Paris, France

WEBCAST: Click here to watch the live stream online.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Send your questions, issues to bring up, anything you would like discussed to us on Twitter (@FoundOpenGov, @SeamusKraft or @ATOgle), via email (SayHello@opengovfoundation.org) or join the Twitter conversation directly using the hashtag #OGP16Summit



Mary Kate Mezzetti

marykate@opengovfoundation.org | +1-508-776-2789